The US market for solar plus storage is predicted to grow more than twentyfold in the next three years, rapidly expanding from US$42 million in value this year to US$1 billion by 2018, according to GTM Research.
Integrated US photovoltaic energy company SunPower’s solar panels will be sold as part of a package that includes energy management software and energy storage capabilities to residential customers in the US and Australia from early next year.
German utility E.ON has connected an 18MW solar farm at the US Army’s Fort Huachuca in Arizona.
The latest round of trade tariffs could create a module supply crunch and clog up the US PV project pipeline, according to SunEdison founder Jigar Shah.
Solar power investor United PV has reached a partnership deal with NARI Electricity that will see United acquire 1.5GW worth of solar plants over the next three years.
Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is slated to develop a 131MW PV plant in Georgia, which will sell its energy to three electric membership companies within the “Peach State”.
Renewable energy company Acciona Energia will construct 255MW worth of solar and wind projects in Chile over the next few years, thanks to a total investment of US$500 million.
Virgin tycoon Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room and sustainability expert Amory Lovins’ Rocky Mountain Institute are set to merge, in an effort to scale up their respective operations in the fight against climate change.
South Africa’s government has confirmed that successful bidders under the fourth round of its renewable energy programme will not be announced until the New Year.
A 30MW PV plant in Chihuahua State, Mexico has moved a step closer to construction, with the Mexican subsidiary of Spanish developer Dhamma Energy receiving an electricity generation permit for the project.
LDK Solar CO., Ltd. in provisional liquidation (Xinyu City, China) on December 18th, 2014 announced that the closing date for the restructuring transactions in respect of LDK Solar's senior noteholders and preferred shareholders, as contemplated in the Schemes, occurred on December 17th, 2014.
China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (CSUN, Nanjing, China) on December 18th, 2014 announced the launch of two new sets of high-output solar photovoltaic (PV) modules with rated power of over 270 W assembled with multi-crystalline silicon solar cells and over 325 W assembled with mono-crystalline silicon solar cells.
The Company also announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science Technology Co., Ltd. (SST), was recognized as Shanghai Enterprise Technology Center by the Shanghai Economy and Information Technology Commission (EITC).
The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory on December 16th, 2014 announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration.
NREL's new solar cell, which is designed for operation in a concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system where it can receive more than 1,000 suns of concentrated sunlight, greatly improves earlier designs by incorporating an additional high quality absorber layer to achieve an ultra-high efficiency.
tenKsolar, a Minneapolis based manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, on December 17th, 2014 announced the expansion of their production lines with new manufacturing facilities in Thailand including module assembly operations and lamination.
This capacity will be in addition to tenK's existing manufacturing facilities, operating in Shanghai (China) and Minneapolis (MN, US). The new PV manufacturing lines will allow tenK to meet the rising demand for their “RAIS” PV Systems, the company notes.
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China) on December 17th, 2014 commented on the final anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) decisions by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) regarding the import of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels assembled in China using components from a third country.
“We are deeply disappointed in the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision to accept such a broadly defined scope for this ruling, and to levy harsh, protectionist tariffs. It's well known that our customers, partners, and other stakeholders represent the majority of the solar industry and U.S. jobs”, commented Robert Petrina, Managing Director of Yingli Green Energy Americas.
Southern Company (Atlanta, Georgia) subsidiary Southern Power on December 17th, 2014 announced plans to develop a 131 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Georgia, which will be capable of generating enough electricity to help meet the energy needs of more than 21,000 homes.
Southern Power has selected First Solar to be the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the PV facility. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in September 2015, and the project is expected to achieve commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Prices for solar power storage systems have fallen by around a quarter in recent months. At the same time, the demand for solar batteries has increased significantly. As a result of the sharp decline in prices, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) expects that interest in battery systems will continue to grow.
According to Association estimates, more than 15,000 households in Germany already cover significant amounts of their electricity consumption from their own solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, even during evening hours; this gives them greater independence from rising electricity prices.
Abengoa (Madrid, Spain), has been awarded the third prize for excellence awarded by the African Development Bank for the combined cycle power plant of Ain Beni Mathar. The objective of this award is to recognize excellence in projects that contribute to sustainable development in Africa.
With 160 hectares and located 81 km south of Oujda (Morocco) and about 30 km from the Algerian border, Ain Beni Mathar was opened on May 12th, 2010 as the first solar thermal plant in Africa, and the first to start commercial operation with Integrated Solar Combine Cycle (ISCC) technology in the world.
SunPower Corp. (San Jose, Calif., US) and Sunverge Energy Inc. (San Francisco, Calif., US) on December 17th, 2014 announced an exclusive agreement that offers SunPower's fully integrated SunPower solar Photovoltaic (PV) power systems and Sunverge's advanced Solar Integration System (SIS) energy storage solutions to residential customers and utilities in the U.S.
The two companies are providing a similar offering to Australian customers. SunPower and Sunverge expect to make combined solar power and storage solutions broadly commercially available in early 2015.
ET Solar Energy Corp. (Nanjing, China) on December 16th, 2014 announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary ET Solutions AG has been chosen to provide turnkey EPC service to a 40 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Israel along with local partners G-Systems and Elmor.
The PV project is jointly owned by Arava Power, a developer of large scale solar installations in Israel, and EDF Energies Nouvelles Israel.